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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Gandhi on Zee Classic on 13th and 15th August 2016

If ‘Gandhi’ was made in 2016…

With its proposition of 'WohZamaanaKareDeewana', Zee Classic is India's only Hindi movie channel that endeavors to recreate the magic of iconic classics and new age cinema by showcasing not just the films that shaped Indian cinema but also acquaint viewers with the creative talent who were a part of that timeless era. In order to mark the occasion of India’s 70th year of independence, Zee Classic premieres

One of the most iconic films of all times, Gandhi (1982) was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. Starring Ben Kingsley, RohiniHattangadi, Edward Fox, Roshan Seth, amongst others. The story is thatof an Indian lawyer who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through successive acts of non-violent protest. The portrayal of how simplicity and the power collectivism can throw over a whole British empire bringing them to their knees.

As Zee Classic gears up to premiere ‘Gandhi', this Saturday, on 13th August at 8 PM in ‘India’s Finest Films’ and on Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM, we wonder who would be a part of this classic if it was to be re-made in 2016!


1982 : Sir Richard Attenborough had the ability and talent to accommodate a person’s entire lifespan in a couple of hours. He did a phenomenal job right from the research to bringing alive the legacy of the father of our nation on big screen.

2016: AshutoshGowarikar known for his love for historical films and bringing lost eras to life with Lagaan, Jodha Akbar and Swadesh, is undoubtedly our choice to direct this film today.

Mahatma Gandhi

1982: Ben Kingsley played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the movie.

2016: Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan is the man for the job. Known for his chameleon skills to adapt to various roles and characters combined with his attention to detail, Aamir Khan should play the role of our beloved Baapu.

Kasturba Gandhi

1982: RohiniHoattangadi, beautifully portrayed Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. 

2016:Kajol, one of India’s most acclaimed actresses can easily pull off the role of Baa.

General Dyer

1982: Edward Fox is etched in our minds as the dreadful and shrewd General Dyer who was hated by all for his infamous JallianwalaBagh massacre.

2016: Tom Alter with his international looks and versatile talent can be General Dyer in ‘Gandhi’.

Jawahar Lal Nehru

1982: Roshan Seth played the role of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to perfection.

2016: The Nawab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan wins hands down with his charming royal looks.

Sardar Patel

1982:Saeed Jaffery pulled off the role of The Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel flawlessly.            

2016: PareshRawal’s known for his diverse character roles makes him our choice to play the part.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah

1982:AlyquePadamsee brought to life an important historic figure, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, popularly known as the father of Pakistan in history

2016: Irrfan Khan, a global Indian will surely cut ice in this role.

Lord Mountbatten

1982: Peter Harlowe played the part with the sternness of a bureaucrat and an attitude on his face.

2016:The suave, Rajat Kapoor has our vote to play the last viceroy of the British Indian Empire.

Whether it was 1982 or 2016, the story of the man who brought India independence needs to be told and needs to be heard!

Tune-in to Zee Classic to watch Richard Attenborough directed ‘Gandhi’ on this Saturday, 13th August at 8 PM and Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM


Given above is the detailed press release of Zee Classic which is going to air "Gandhi" the  masterpiece by Sir Richard Attenborough on 13th and 15th August 2016 . 

"Gandhi "  was is and has been an iconic character a symbol of strength , grit determination and will power a person who forced a foreign power to leave our country and give us our independence that too without any bloodshed . 

As mentioned , and discussed in the release suppose the same movie  was made today then which actor would play which role and I think the options put forth by the ZEE people is very befitting . All the actors mentioned are capable of  doing full justice to the respective roles given to them . 

But I would suggest some some more alternatives if the desired ones would be unavailable 
Gandhi---Anupam Kher , Annu Kapoor 

Kasturba ----Dipika Padukone , Supriya Pathak 
Nehru------Saurabh Dubey , Dalip Tahil 

The director of course will have to be Ashutosh Gowariker because he understands History like no one else . 

Whatever the scene with Gandhi made in 2016 and whenever its release ---the Gandhi made in 1982 is th best we have , the best by all standards , excellent direction excellent portrayal of their respective roles by all the actors ---why else would the film be the winner of eight Academy Awards ( Oscars) . 

This movie has the capacity to haunt you for days one forgets the real persons and how they looked
in fact to me Ben Kingsley is Gandhi ji  Nehru ji looks like Roshan Seth  and Sardar Patel like Sayeed Jaffrey while Jinnah is Alyque Padamsee --so natural was their acting and so strong the direction . 

I am waiting eagerly for the 13th and 15th of August to watch this movie on both the days as I have seen it at least 6 times before never tiring always eager and attentive . 

I must thank ZEE Classic for deciding to show this movie because it is a must for every generation and every person specially every Indian to see it as many times as possible and refresh ones memory regarding the great man ,  his greatness , his friends his followers his critics and the conditions prevalent during his times Because it is a very good depiction of the times and circumstances and the visual media  is a very important and powerful medium of expression and impression . 

This movie is capable of igniting the feeling of patriotism in every Indian young or old . th link to this post

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Hiroshima remembered

Today 6th August we commemorate the unfortunate incident of the Bombings on the Japanese city of Hiroshima

An Acrostic poem using the letters H.I.R.O.S.H.I.M.A.

Henoious act
Inhuman act
'Rain of ruin' you called it that
O cruel man  !
Should you ?
Have threatened thus ?
Innocent were souls
Maimed were so many
After seventy  years aggrieved they remain still

Friday, 5 August 2016

Suicides the don'ts and the reasons for the don'ts

Just finished reading the book " the story of a suicide " by Sriram Ayer . It is a gripping book which deals with the problems faced  by youngsters today and the ways and means of overcoming them . How these characters are driven towards depression , frustration and loneliness . But then yes these very three words are the reasons which lead to feeling of dejection culminating in a desire to run away from all this and finally to end ones life in order to escape .I have said that the book is gripping I used the word gripping because the problems shown and showcased are so rampant in society' today"  ,  nearly every youth girl or boy is facing them the reasons may be many; more exposure , more opportunities , more interaction some time all the three but all in the negative sense . The roles played by social media , some immature minds the hazards they create . These are all some factors which were not so prominent a few decades ago . Society was controlled by certain rules and norms but these have all been thrown to the winds specially due to  foreign influence--and the Indian youth is not yet capable enough to handle such situations . Dirty minds are busy misusing latest technical facilities the various apps and inventions of technical advancements are not a boon but a bane .  All these points have been dealt with in the novel .

  Thankfully the author has tried to show the ways by which we can overcome these depressing states . And how to be brave . 

The episodes I found to be very common are the ones in which the boy is sexually exploited by a relative , and the one in which a boyfriend just does not care or respect his girlfriend .  Though the other cases like being a homosexual etc too may be important reasons for frustrations but these two  reasons are more rampant in society. And they are also being practiced from or should I say in vogue from time immemorial they are nothing new we have had cases of sexual abuse and humiliation from ages a lot of humiliating things happen inside families the joint family which is ranted upon to be a  means of providing social security has nearly always been a source of many an evil goings on and no one ready to believe the victim be it a girl or boy . 

As far as I think committing a suicide is never the answer for any problem because when you commit suicide you are not only killing yourself   (which may well be  the perfect solution to ending your miseries)   but you are killing all those people together with you who Love you , who have hopes with you , who have loved you , and doted on you. No depressing thought can be so dangerous so as to make you ditch your loved ones.  Go and see the state which people are led to when they lose  a loved one how heart broken they become , how frustrated ; sometimes they are even led to becoming insane , at times they start blaming themselves for the death of their dear one ---and when the case is of suicide the people are  shattered.

So I end here with the request and message to anyone who is disturbed that have faith in yourself and always think about them who are your near and dear ones --how tragic your loss will be to them and how you will miss their affection in that other world you will be gone to. Suicides are no solutions if you think you can be selfish and punish them who  for some reason may have angered you by going away from them  -- then you are wrong because once you  ditch  them you will never be able to feel their love or even their nearness ever again however much you may repent .  
The solutions or tips people in a depressed state of mind receive is , meet people , talk to some one , confide in friends etc   but I would personally advise people to keep themselves  busy pull yourself up , try to become active don't just keep brooding try and pull yourself up , push yourself towards activity I know its difficult but one has to try because if gone you will miss all the lovely things in life , the ice cream the movie , the fast food , the lovely songs , you will miss your chance of getting into a fresh relationship , of playing in the rain in short you will miss everything that the earth and the life here  has to offer .

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Monday, 1 August 2016

And the Jhelum Flows ----review

"And the Jhelum flows" --a book by Ramendra Kumar published by  Authors Ink publications deals with the happenings in Kashmir . It is an unbiased portrayal of the life and conditions  prevalent  in Kashmir . The good the bad and the ugly ---the good that was , the Bad that came in and the Ugly that is now prevailing .

The Good used be the days when The Emperor Jahangir had said

( Gar Firdaus Bar rue jaminast
haminasto haminasto  haminast "

 meaning if there is heaven on earh it is here it is here  it s hereAnd those days continued to decorate Kashmir till the 1980s there were no hindus or muslims there were only Kashmiris .

The book is written in the form of a travelogue with two journalists on a mission of making  a documentary about Kashmir

In their pursuit they meet many men and women who willingly tell them their own stories and the stories of others whom they knew  . These men and women had all suffered , lost their loved ones , faced atrocities and their hearts had become hardened with sadness some had contemplated  revenge some had lost hope . They had been tortured both by some Indians and by the Pakistani Jihadi's . They had been misguided into crossing over to Pakistan and becoming militants and they had repented their decision some had the courage to return to India , others were left behind to face discrimination and apartheid at the hands of the Pakistanis , these people who had crossed over to Pakistan had been tortured by some unscrupulous   Indians  and had in their fit of anger crossed the border only to find that the conditions were worse .

The book mentions incidents narrated first hand to them about how the militants in their attempt to malign the Indian army and police used to dress up as Indians and unleash a spate of torture on the innocent citizens who would start hating Indians . Though the Indians too were not all washed in milk . They too had their black sheep . This is why I say the book is an unbiased narration .

A touching incident narrated is of an Indian Soldier who saves a girl and after knowing him for some time the girl wishes to marry him --but he dies in combat .

I found the book so captivating that I read it in one go and if I continue to write I would go on filling pages after pages and yet not be able to stop .

So I now leave you to read the book yourself and give your verdict.

I would recommend this book solely because of two reasons first that it is unbiased ( as I have been saying all throughout ) and second that it deals with a very serious topic in the most genuine manner a it  shows real concern it empathizes with  an is  really concerned about the state of affairs , about the agony of the people of Kashmir and  it is really in search of a solution .

The book highlights the fact that the people of Kashmir want nothing other than peace and only peace " Sirf Aman"

The best thing which makes reading it interesting is the way all the material is presented in the form of interviews or self willing confessions and unburdening of their  hearts  by people .

The author Ramendra Kumar is an award inning writer with 28 books to his credit .and the publishers Authors Ink are a name that is now become a guarantee for providing good books . Priced at rupees One hundred and Ninety Five this book can be trusted with providing food for thought in a very captivating way .